Are you really reading?
You may have found yourself in a position like before. You have a book that you have to ask in the next college, only your chums convinced you to enter a big party in the fraternity the night before. Or maybe just went to sleep reading it.
Next morning, anxious and hungry, you stumble through James Joyce Ulysses about an hour over Fruit Loops and strong coffee. The book looks like an elaborate joke written for university students.
Still, perhaps you remember the details or two and get a few points that you would not get on the question otherwise. You got something. Not much.
I have acknowledged that I have only one hour to prepare to teach the old man and of Hemingway, which I had somehow not yet read, to a group of 60 college students. Luckily, it's short.
But suppose your boss throws you a 50-page paper that you need to report for 20 minutes.
Despite the circumstances you did various kinds of reading from email to biography and your brain responds to needs (or not). The more appropriate you as a reader and writer, the easier it will be to adapt.
Reading with Purpose
A reading criterion comes from a demanding simplicity and I only mention a few here to give you context before sharing some tricks to fix your train style. You change your readings as you use and how much time you have:
- Critical: serious, methodological, and judgmental. Aim to keep, learn, enter into talks, food.
- Serious: the loving, careful and focused. Will study but not necessarily evaluate or evaluate.
- Strategic: The fast, organized and purposeful. This is the good thing I describe in more detail. You don't really read all the pieces, which makes it different from the next one.
- Speed: super fast and systematic. You can take courses that teach you how to do this differently successfully.
Just to assure you that I'm not a madman, look at this quote and who said it:
Reading, after a certain age, draws too much of his creative work. Everyone who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into the lazy habit of thinking.
Therefore, my goal is to provide you with the tools to enable you to adjust the reading ratio according to circumstances.
You can make strategic reading at different prices depending on how much time you have. This is the coolest quality: you can fix the fly. Here are the steps:
- Check how much time you have and how long the work is. This lets you know how to speed yourself up as you go through the process. You can even decide that you need to skip a few steps.
- Look at the title and quickly decide what you think is written about. You can spend more or less time with this depending on what you are doing. Guess what you think the paper will do in terms of how long it is and what you think the title means.
- Quickly write the first paragraph of a feast in a essay. Reports record all paper in one sentence. Most writers use them and they offer a method to start sorting the information. If it can be copied, it can be signed. If you can, take a moment to really work and remember the meaning of the essay.
- Flip to the end and read the closing of the case closely. This should start helping you start drawing ideas and understanding them.
- Back at the beginning and read through all the headings (if written). Again, this is providing information to help you sort. See also all the pictures and read the title where authors often contain key information in graphic form.
- Return to the beginning and read the first and last sentence of each paragraph. This almost ensures that you encounter the topic, which will provide the data of the contents of the paper.
- Take a minute to run through all the paper in your mind. If you have time, compile a summary of your own words that capture the most important ideas.
One of the most important terms you should remember is that these steps are flexible. If you have relatively little time, go through them quickly.
So say you have only 15 minutes for 20 pages. Try to do 1-6 quickly. Maybe it's not time to try 1-3 or just 1 and 6 (if you're very short of time, just read the first sentence of each paragraph rather than the first one).
I hope these tips will help you read the information you really need . They save me in college and I think you're surprised at how useful it is.